PKL 2018-19: Patna edges out Bengal 29-27

Patna Pirates got back to winning ways after it beat Bengal Warriors 29-27 to go top of the Zone B.

Patna got back to winning ways with a narrow 29-27 victory over Bengal Warriors.   -  PKL

Patna Pirates finally stopped its losing streak at home to win against Bengal Warriors 29-27 at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium, on Thursday. In a low-scoring match that saw both teams struggling to score raid points, Jaideep got 5 crucial tackle points on Bengal’s raiders.

Ran Singh was given the mantle of Maninder Singh which he did a great job at with 7 raid points in his 10 raids. Deepak Narwal did some damage in the end to take Patna Pirates to the victory with 7 raid points. Jaideep is now the best defender in Season 6 and the holder of Orange Sleeve.

Patna Pirates started the match without its star raider Pardeep Narwal who is nursing a wrist injury while Bengal Warriors was starting without Maninder Singh. The absence of Pardeep Narwal looked prominent for Patna Pirates as it started to trail by 4 points by the 3rd minute. But substitute Tushar Patil and Amit Kumar to started the tally for Patna and equalized by the 8th minute.

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Bengal lost Mahesh Goud and Jang Kun Lee to Patna’s defense, but Ran Singh grabbed 2 bonus points before he got out to a strong thigh hold by Vijay in the 12th minute to concede an All Out for Bengal Warriors and make it 9-7.

The first-half ended with Patna Pirates leading Bengal Warriors by 15-12.

Both teams continued to work on Do-Or-Die raids as they made empty raids in the beginning of the second-half. Bengal Warriors reduce the gap to 1 point by the 25 th minute as Jang Kun Lee made it 16-15 with a back kick.

Patna Pirates stretched its lead to 4 points by the 27th minute as Manjeet got Mahesh Goud with an ankle hold while Jaideep came with a dash from behind Goud’s back to make it 19-15.

Ran Singh almost got 6 players out in the 36th minute raid but his dangling foot over the midline was stopped by Jaideep. Baldev Singh caught a leap frog attempt by Tushar Patil in the 37th minute to bring Bengal closer to equalising points. In the next minute, Vikas Jaglan got himself out by going out of mat to make the scores 25-25.

But Patna held its nerve in the final 90 seconds of the match to finish its home leg with a 29-27 victory.